Mental Health ClinicsMental Health Clinics (MHC) are licensed by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Health Standards Section (HSS). Currently, there is a moratorium on licensing new clinics until the publication and promulgation of new rules and regulations governing operations and reimbursement. (Refer to Executive Order BJ 08-24 - July 9, 2008)
*This moratorium shall not apply to mental health clinics or mental health centers licensed by the department prior to July 3, 1997.
Please monitor the Louisiana Register for a "Notice of Intent" regarding new licensing regulations.
As defined in La. R.S. 28:567, "mental health clinic ” means a legal entity through which a range of mental health services including, at least, inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, partial hospitalization, and twenty-four hour emergency services are provided either directly or through formal affiliation with other agencies by an interdisciplinary team of mental health professionals and subordinates in accordance with a plan of treatment or under the direction of a psychiatrist or another physician with psychiatric consultation.
Desiree Castello, Program Manager
PH: (225) 342-0158
FX: (225) 342-0157
Common Questions About Community Mental Health Clinics
Is DHH issuing new licenses for mental health clinics?
No, due to the moratorium implemented in 2008 no new Mental Health Clinic licenses are being issued. New licensing rules will be found in "Notice of Intent" published in the Louisiana Register. Publication date not available. Please monitor the Louisiana Register.
Can an existing licensed mental health clinic add an offsite, branch or satellite?
No, not until new rules have been promulgated. Please monitor the Louisiana Register for "Notice of Intent" regarding new rules.